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Vietnam pledges efforts for chemical weapons-free world

April 20, 2008

VietNamNet Bridge – Vietnam will join other nations to fulfill the commitments to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in a bid to build a world free of chemical weapons and for the sake of global peace, security and development.

The Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the OPCW, Ambassador Ha Huy Thong, made the promise at the second special session of the OPCW to review the operation of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) over the past fives years that convened in The Hague, the Netherlands, from April 7-18.

The diplomat spoke highly of the roles played by the CWC and the OPCW as well as efforts and coordination of member states in disseminating and implementing the convention.

Participants shared the view, saying the CWC has proved as a universal and effective multilateral disarmament instrument and the number of member states has increased to 183 from 151 over the past five years.

The conference was told that some 38 percent of the declared chemical weapons have to date been destroyed and the rest is expected to be phased out by 2012.

Many delegates called for more endeavours in participating countries and increased cooperation amongst the OPCW, international organisations and members to effectively fulfill the convention and prevent chemical weapons from falling into the hands of warring parties and terrorists.

The delegates, who came from more than 120 member nations, observer countries, international and non-governmental organisations, also pushed for the strengthened cooperation in using chemicals for peace and development purposes.

(Source: VNA)

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China Cracking Down on Human Rights; Ignoring Olympic Pledge

January 8, 2008

By Dan Martin 

BEIJING (AFP) – China‘s arrest of a prominent rights campaigner is part of an increasing crackdown on critics that breaks promises it made to land the Olympics, said activists who called for world pressure on Beijing.

File photo shows a policeman (C) keeping watch in Tiananmen ...
File photo shows a policeman (C) keeping watch in Tiananmen Square with paramilitary police close by in Beijing. China’s arrest of a prominent rights campaigner is part of an increasing crackdown on critics that breaks promises it made to land the Olympics, said activists who called for world pressure on Beijing.
(AFP/File/Peter Parks) 

The arrest of Hu Jia, who was taken from his Beijing home on December 27, is the latest example of efforts by China’s communist rulers to intimidate critics so that voices of dissent are not heard during the August Games, they said.

“Within the last two weeks… the police have began detaining and putting under house arrest dozens of activists, outspoken intellectuals and human rights lawyers,” the China Human Rights Defenders, a network of domestic and foreign activists, said in a report released on the weekend.

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